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Helsinki for four different travellers

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There is something for everyone in Finland’s fashion-forward capital. From art and design to modern food and craft beers, Helsinki offers a fresh Nordic take on every experience. Here are four Helsinki districts for different travellers:

For Design Mavens

Helsinki’s Designkortteli (Design District), home to Hotel Indigo Helsinki, spans 25 streets, housing 200 boutiques and shops where you can pick up quintessential Finnish designs. These innovative shops set the standards of modern style. Think minimalist patterns and clean lines. For more vibrant styles, visit MadeBy Helsinki, a hand-made crafts store run by a collective of Finnish designers alongside the iconic Marimekko. You’ll also find various art galleries and design museums here including the Design Museum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Design Forum Finland.


For New Nordic Foodies

With food markets and trendy restaurants peppered around Helsinki, serious foodies will be spoilt for choice. Modern Nordic cuisine is centred around local, fresh, and seasonal flavours. If you’re on the hunt for the trendiest Finnish restaurants, head over to the historic district of Kronohagen/Kruununhaka. Snag one of only 26 seats at Michelin-starred Ask, where they cook with only locally sourced organic ingredients such as foraged chanterelle mushrooms and wild game. Only an eight-minute walk away is another Michelin-starred establishment, Olo, which also sources from small, local producers to create delicate Scandinavian flavours.

The Sopa district is where you’ll find a variety of new Nordic restaurants including Spis, a cosy 18-seat restaurant that focuses its menu on seasonal Nordic vegetables accompanied by one meat or fish course.

For Culture Vultures

For some of Helsinki’s best historical landmarks and cultural icons, head over to the Töölö district. Head toward the scenic waterfront bay, to find the Parliament House, the Finnish National Opera House, the National Museum of Finland, and the Helsinki Music Centre all within walking distance of each other.

Other notable cultural sights include the Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Temple Square Church), which was carved out of solid rock, and the Sibelius Monument, a wavelike steel sculpture dedicated to the 19th century Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.


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For Cool Cats

Once a gritty working-class neighbourhood, Kallio has transformed into a trendy, laid-back scene. Filled with fresh new fusion eateries and cafés as well as a surge of cool brunch spots and a hip nightlife scene, Kallio is a haven for the young—at heart. Oma Maa, located on Kaarlenkatu, offers organic stock directly sourced from local famers while Sandro offers up a weekend Moroccan-inspired brunch that includes tajines, pastilla, and live music.

Stick around past sunset to experience Kallio’s nightlife. DJs spin everything from metal to hip hop all night long at Kuudes Linja. For a more avant-garde setting, head over to A21 Decades Bar, the bar that pioneered Helsinki’s cocktail culture.

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